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History and Art of the D-League Assignment

September 19, 2005 was the date that brought the NBA Developmental League into the “modern era” because that was the moment that the NBA and NBA D-League really connected as one unit by allowing the NBA teams to assign their rookie and 2nd-year players to the D-League. Before that D-League players like Chris Andersen or […]

Terrence Williams: The Big O-K, Now What?

Hold the Oscar Robertson comparisons, but through three games in the NBA Development League, Terrence Williams is averaging a triple-double. The New Jersey Nets made headlines and drew the ire of D-League buffs when they “demoted” the second-year guard/forward to the D-League’s Springfield Armor. Critics, including yours truly, said the move sent the wrong message […]

An Assignment By Any Other Name: The Good, The Bad, and The Pointless

Jonny Flynn, Terrence Williams, and Rodrigue Beaubois are three of the most unique assignment cases in NBA Development League history. All three assignments happened this week. It’s been that kind of season for D-League assignments. The 2010-11 D-League season tipped off 15 days ago. Already, 14 NBA players have been assigned to the D-League. Twenty-four […]

Assessing the Assignees: Early Season Struggles

We’re only one week into 2010-11 NBA Development League season, and yet we’ve already had six players assigned to the NBA. The two latest, Cole Aldrich and Ed Davis, were lottery picks in the 2010 NBA Draft. Along with the Rockets’ Patrick Patterson, there have already been three lottery selections assigned to the D-League this […]

Houston Rockets Patrick Patterson is First Assigned Player of 2010-11 Season

The defending D-League champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers’ training camp just became more interesting. It was announced today that their parent club, the Houston Rockets, have assigned rookie power forward Patrick Patterson to the Vipers. Patterson was a 2010 lottery pick, drafted 14th overall by the Rockets as a junior from Kentucky. He finished his […]

10 Players Who Could Benefit from a D-League Assignment This Season

Projecting which first- and second-year players will get assigned to the D-League in the upcoming season is tough. There are a lot of different factors to consider on both the player and team side. If the team doesn’t see the value in utilizing the D-League as a development tool—and their are indications that several franchises […]

Uncertain future ahead for Giddens

As a Celtics fan, I’m rather unmoved by last week’s assignment of  J.R. Giddens to the Maine Red Claws. Through a season and a half marred by injuries across the Celtics’ roster, Giddens has failed to crack Doc Rivers’ rotation with any regularity, totaling 107 NBA minutes in 27 appearances. That the Celtics sent him […]

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